Urban Green Growth Strategies for Indian Cities

This project has now been concluded.




Indian cities are at the core of the economic transformation being envisaged by the Government of India. Considering the anticipated growth in cities, local governments face enormous challenges in providing urban infrastructure and services that match the growing demand sustainably while ensuring good quality of life for its citizens. In this context, Green Growth- an approach which integrates economic and social objectives with environmental goals becomes very relevant to address the situation.

Conceptualized with this background, the project on Green Growth Strategies for Indian Cities was implemented by ICLEI - Local governments for sustainability - South Asia and the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) with support and technical inputs from the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI). The project has concluded with the launch of its 3 volume report:

Volume 1: Urban Green Growth Strategies for Indian Cities
Volume 2: Green Growth Profiles of Ten Indian Cities
Volume 3: Green Growth Good Practices

The initiative entailed developing a Green Growth framework for Indian cities, piloting the same for 10 Indian cities and compiling a set of 15 good practices relevant to the Indian urban context. This involved assessing the current status of growth of Indian cities, understanding emerging growth patterns and trends and developing strategies that can guide growth to achieve multiple development benefits while pursuing economic growth.

Over 15 Indian cities actively participated in this initiative that lasted over twelve months and contributed by sharing their good practices, challenges and perceptions of green growth in their cities.

As the national government launches new programs such as SMART cities, AMRUT, Swachh Bharat Mission, HRIDAY (Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana) Scheme and Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna (Housing for All), the reports provide useful inputs to enable cities in pursuing an inclusive green growth agenda.

Project cities:
Agartala, Agra, Ahmedabad , Bangalore ,Cochin, Dehradun, Jaipur ,Kota, Ludhiana, Nadiad, Pimpri –Chinchwad, Shimla, Surat, Thane and Vijayawada

National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA)

Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)

Project duration:
2013 – 2015


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